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Banneker-Douglass Museum Hosts “Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Youth Conference”

ANNAPOLIS, MD – In celebration of the “Year of Frederick Douglass,” the Banneker-Douglass Museum, in partnership with RETAP Baltimore, today hosted the Frederick Douglass Youth Conference. Youth ages 13-18 joined together at Banneker-Douglass museum to explore innovative approaches to real world issues through the exchange of ideas and experiences while engaging in discussions on college and career readiness, as well as STEM focused education.

“Banneker-Douglass Museum is committed to empowering youth through programs which encourage the exploration of history and center on open, honest communication and education,” said Chanel Compton, Director of the Banneker-Douglass Museum. “Today’s conference is a unique opportunity for youth to celebrate the life and legacy of noted civil rights leader Frederick Douglass, while preparing to become active and engaged members of an ever-changing global society.”

The conference program focused on youth-led conversations, fostering an open forum dialogue in a safe environment. Youth attending the conference participated in breakout sessions, engaging in discussions with peers on topics including substance abuse, gun violence, cyber bullying, mental health, and personal identity.

In early February, Governor Larry Hogan issued a proclamation declaring 2018 as the “Year of Frederick Douglass.” In celebration, the Banneker-Douglass Museum has partnered with various organizations to host educational seminars, celebrations, and events across the state. To see a full list of events visit:

Banneker-Douglass Museum, a unit of the Governor’s Office of community Infinitives, is the State of Maryland’s official museum of African American heritage and serves to document, interpret, and promote African American history and culture through exhibitions, programs, and projects in order to improve the understanding and appreciation of America’s rich cultural diversity for all. Banneker-Douglass Museum is a component of the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture, which is a unit of the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives.

The Banneker-Douglass museum is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Admission is free. To learn more about Banneker-Douglass Museum, visit:

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